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Jindan Murder: Protests in support of accused continue despite police confirms murder

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Sirmaur: The Additional Superintendent of Police, Nahan, Virender Singh, on Thursday confirmed that RTI activist and BSP leader Kedar Singh Jindan was brutally murdered on September 7, 2018. The police has received the autopsy report but was yet to receive reports of forensic tests and call details.

As per the ASP, the accused first contacted Jindan phonically and asked him to come down on the road.

On arrival, he was beaten badly. When he fell on the road after losing consciousness, Jaiprakash run over Jindan thrice and the face of the victim was completely crushed,

the ASP told media.

The Special Investigation Team formed to probe this case has also recovered the weapon (iron rod) used to assault him.

The SIT said it has solved the case and only a few small legal formalities remain to be completed. On Wednesday, accused were taken to the spot to recreate the scene. Though SIT did not confirm it, a Hindi daily said all three accused have confessed their crime.

So far, total three persons including the up-pradhan of panchayat Jaiprakash have been arrested. Third accused Karm Singh was arrested on Tuesday by the SIT. All three are on a police remand till September 17.

Protests in Support of Accused Continue

Despite confirmation by the police SIT regarding the murder, there appears to be a bid to spark casteist unrest by protestors. After Bakras, another protest was organized in Sataun region by locals in support of the accused. The protestors want the police to drop charges of murder under Section 302 against accused. They also burnt an effigy of the MLA, Theog, Rakesh Singha alleging him of inciting casteist propaganda over the killing of Jindan.

Further, these protestors are agitating against the inclusion of charges under the SC/ST Act in the FIR. Under this Act, the family of the victim is eligible for Rs. 8.25 lakh relief. The Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj has already announced a relief of total Rs. 20 lakh, government job to Jindan’s wife, and free education to his children.

However, there is a resentment among the protesting group regarding this relief under the SC/ST Act. They are asking the police to drop the charges under this Act. 

At the same time, this group is maintaining that Shillai is a peaceful place and people of all castes live in harmony, which doesn’t seem to be the case considering their support to the accused. 

The case has provided an opportunity to fuel caste-based politics in the otherwise peaceful state. The protests in support of accused could create unrest among the SC/ST community.

Jindan Never Asked For Protection, He Had No Threat to Life: DGP

The Director-General of Police, HP, Sita Ram Mardi, on Wednesday told media that he never received any request for police protection from Jindan.

Jindan had met me in my Shimla office but never felt any threat to his life nor he demanded any security,

 DGP told PTI.

It’s pertinent to mention that the family of the victim had been maintaining that Jindan had sought police protection as he was receiving threats to life. It was alleged that despite request no protection was provided by police.

The police was facing scathing criticism over this matter. 

No Words Regarding Alleged BPL Fraud Jindan Tried to Expose

Amid a large number of updates regarding the case, so far no comments are being made regarding the authenticity of allegations labelled by Jindan against up-pradhan Jaiprakash. These allegations appear to be the immediate regions for this murder.  On June 29 this year, Jindan had held a press conference at the Press Club of Shimla. He had alleged that Jai Prakash had facilitated registration of well to do families in the Below Poverty Line category. Using BPL certificates, these families had allegedly managed to obtain government jobs along with other benefits. He had produced pictures showing bungalow and vehicles owned by the family.

He had told media that information regarding this fraud was received through an RTI. However, the district administration, police, and the State government is silent regarding it. 

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Shimla Police Nabs Escaped Murder Accused from Tara Devi Forest After Two Days

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Shimla Police has nabbed the undertrial accused of murder who had escaped from the custody of policemen on Wednesday. The accused was re-captured from the forests near the Tara Devi temple after a search operation of two days. The teams of police used drone cameras and search dogs in this search operation.

On November 17, 2021, Dadi Ram aka Sagar (37) – a Nepalese who was booked for the rape and murder of his mother-in-law on July 31, 2020, in Theog, Shimla district, and was kept at the Model Central Jail Kanda – had ditched two policemen near Tavi mod (curve) while he was being taken to the court for a hearing. He had jumped down the forest and was at large since then.

CCTV footage from a nearby building had also appeared in which the accused was seen escaping the custody of policemen. The incident had drawn flak for the Shimla Police, and several questions were raised on the working of the police. The people raised various questions; like why a murder accused was not handcuffed? Why the police didn’t use a vehicle to take him to court?

According to the district police, after the accused escaped, teams of police from Boileauganj and other concerned police stations were formed and deployed in re-capturing him. The teams also included jawans from the 6th India Reserve Battalion and Rapid Action Force. Alongwith search operations in Forests around Taradevi and Shoghi, checking of buses and vehicles at barriers and trains was also conducted regularly.

As per the police, on November 19, 2021, the accused was spotted in the forest near Tara Devi through a drone camera. The teams of police cordoned the forest and searched for the accused. Eventually, the teams succeeded in capturing the accused. He has been brought to the Boileauganj police station.  

 

 

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Negligence of HP University in Mark-Sheet Evaluation Allegedly Costs One Year Loss to Student, HC Issues Notice to Varsity on PIL

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University is again in the news after a student of Government College, Hamirpur, filed a Public Interest Litigation in the State High Court alleging loss of one year to his career due to negligence of the varsity in evaluating his answer sheet.

It’s pertinent to mention that, varsity administration, especially Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikandar Kumar, is already under fire for allegedly tweaking rules to allow admission of his ward and wards of a couple of other officials to PhD by bypassing mandatory entrance exams/NET/JRF.

In the current case, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sabina issued notices to the Registrar and the Controller of Examination of  HP University, Shimla.

As per the petitioner, Keshav Singh, he was a student of B.Sc (Maths) in the Government College, Hamirpur, for the session 2017-2020. He appeared in the examination for the 5th semester in November 2019.  In February 2020, he appeared in IIT Jam and scored 40.33 marks out of 100 and became eligible to get admission in M.Sc(PG Course) NIT.

However, in June 2020, the results of the 5th semester were declared and he was given only 5 marks out of 70 in one of the subjects, due to which he could not get admission to the NIT.  He has further said that he had a good academic record and attempted most of the questions in this exam. He applied for rechecking of his paper.  After re-checking, 42 marks were enhanced and he scored 47 marks in that subject. But the re-evaluation result was declared after counselling for the M.Sc. By that time, all the seats were filled up and he couldn’t get an admission.

Though he again cleared the exam for  IIT Jam, 2021, the student alleged that the mental harassment and mental distress he faced was irreparable. He lost one year during the era of this cut-throat competition and thousands of people overtook him, he said. He also alleged that due to negligence of the respondent University, he remained deprived of investing his one year for making his career bright as he could not attend any counselling of IIT/NIT JAM and could not fill up any forms for any competitive exam. For this loss,  the varsity is liable to pay compensation to him, he pleaded.

The petitioner has prayed in the court to direct the respondents to pay him adequate compensation and to adopt a fair and proper manner of checking the answer sheets so that in the future no one faces the same situation as has been faced by him.

The HP High Court directed the respondents (varsity) to file their reply within three weeks and posted the matter for December 8, 2021.

 

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The Himalayan Expedition “Silk Route – Chapter Hatu” Trek & Run Competition Concludes Successfully

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Shimla-As a joint venture, ‘The Himalayan Expedition Silk Route’ – a new trek and run competition- was organized at Narkanda, Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh on 14th, November 2021. Organized by Adventure North, Kawasaki Advertisers, Deodar Cottage, and Homeland Himalaya; the inaugural event was entitled ‘Chapter Hatu’. During this first trek, the participants had to trek 4.5 km uphill to the Hatu Peak – at an altitude of 3400 meters. Followed by a downhill trek of 9 km for the Adventure category.

However, the competitive runners, including two girl athletes, had to run another 14 km to Khadarala to complete the race.

A total of 31 people, from children aged 8-years-old to senior citizens, participated in the inaugural leg.

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The event was flagged off from the Sili Kandli at 8:19 am.

The race was organized in two categories; “Adventure” for the trekking enthusiasts and the “Competitive” category for the endurance challengers.

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Along the entire route, 13 teams were available at hydration desks placed at every two kilometers. Also, a well-equipped ambulance with a medic team of three, including a female, was in place.

Rahul Beakta of Theog, Shimla, won the competition by completing 26.5 km in 2 hours 56 minutes. He was followed by Bappan, Shimla, and Captain Vineet Sharma, Kathlee Ghat. The entire competitive and adventure leg was completed successfully, without any injury.

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“It was the first promotional event for a trek and run of 300 km to scale the old ‘Silk Route from Narkanda to Namgia (near China border)’ with a minimal carbon footprint. We plan the second chapter with an additional 60 km in 2022,” the organizers informed.

“This marathon goes through the apple belt of the mid-Sutlej region all along the silk route to Shipki La. Be a part of this heritage and run along the paths and trails of this lost era, ‘The Silk Route’, which has lost its prominence in the modern world, the organizers further added.

The second leg of The Himalaya Expedition is scheduled for October 2022.

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